A selection of pre-war photographs of Waldenburg (Wałbrzych) in Silesia.
Waldenburg into Walbrzych
After World War II, Waldenburg became part of the Polish state and renamed Walbrzych. As in all of post-war Poland most of the German population was expelled and Poles from central Poland and areas in pre-war Poland, which were no longer part of Poland. Walbrzych was, however, one of the few areas in Poland where a number of Germans were deemed ‘indispensable to the economy’ and forced to remain. Many of these ethnic Germans left for Germany in the 1980s and 1990s.
Wałbrzych (Waldenburg) is a city in Lower Silesian Voivodeship in south-western Poland. It currently has a population of just over 120,000. Walbrzych is located approximately 43 miles south-west of the state capital Wroclaw (Breslau) and about 6 miles from the Czech border.
Related webpage: Altwasser / Stary Zdrój in old pictures.